About: Irish referendum

Future EU 17-05-2021

Long odds on a successful conference

There is a parallel between the position in which the European Union is today and that in which Ireland found itself in 2001 following the rejection of the Nice Treaty in a referendum, writes Dick Roche, commenting on the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Trade & Society 19-09-2016

Vestager’s poisoned Apple

Kicking the big guy in the shins is always a popular political diversion – particularly when the big guy in question is an American multinational, writes Dick Roche.
Future EU 08-10-2009

Lisbon mission accomplished? Not yet…

"Even if the Lisbon Treaty enters into force by early 2010 […], there still are grey areas to clarify and pending issues to address, from the residual/resilient role of the rotational EU presidency to the status and shape of the European External Action Service," write Janis Emmanouilidis and Antonio Missiroli of the European Policy Centre (EPC) in an October paper.
Future EU 10-11-2008

Reflecting on a second Irish Lisbon referendum

The only viable option for the Irish government to resolve the Lisbon Treaty crisis is "to hold a second referendum on the substantive question of whether or not Ireland remains a member state of the EU," writes John O'Brennan, a lecturer on European politics and society at the National University of Ireland, in an October paper for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
EU Priorities 2020 07-07-2008

Europe’s trance of unreality

The institutional crisis after the negative vote in the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty has made Europe "boring and unattractive", says the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Ivan Krastev, in a 25 June commentary for Open Democracy.
Future EU 18-06-2008

Irish vote, Europe’s future: Four options after the ‘no’

In the aftermath of the Irish rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, Dominik Hierlemann considers four options for the future in a June 2008 paper for the Bertelsmannstiftung.
Future EU 11-06-2008

Abortion, euthanasia and the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland

The referendum on the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland poses a serious issue for Irish voters regarding abortion rights, argues Irish MEP Kathy Sinnott in a 6 June response to a pastoral reflection by Irish bishops on the treaty text.
Future EU 11-06-2008

Will the Irish guillotine Lisbon?

Securing a 'yes' in the referendum on the EU's Lisbon Treaty to be held in Ireland on 12 June 2008 is vital for the bloc's governments and political establishment, according to Hugo Brady of the Centre for European Reform. What's more, "there is a real risk that the traditionally pro-European Irish could vote 'no'," thus "blocking reforms", says the June paper.
Future EU 20-05-2008

Green Light from the Emerald Isle? Questions and Answers about Ireland

"A 'no' in the Irish referendum would simply be a catastrophe for Europe," argue Dominik Hierlemann and Christian Heydecker of the Bertelsmann Stiftung.
Enlargement 06-11-2002

Monitoring: a Cure for the “Democratic Deficit”

Monitoring: a Cure for the “Democratic Deficit” Widespread relief at the recent Irish Yes to Nice should not obscure the genuine concerns raised by their earlier No. One issue that emerged consistently during the debate was a profound uneasiness about...
Enlargement 21-10-2002

The timetable for enlargement

The timetable for enlargement The Irish referendum result has removed a major uncertainty in the enlargement process. The Nice treaty agreed in 2000 contains the key institutional principles for decision-making in a Union of 25 member-states: the number of votes...
Future EU 21-10-2002

Nice for the second time – auction completed

Nice for the second time – auction completed On Saturday the Irish voted for the second time in the referendum about the Treaty of Nice – and they have approved it. However we as a candidate country can feel comfortable...
Future EU 26-09-2002

What if they say no again? Implications of the Nice II referendum in Ireland

What if they say no again? Implications of the Nice II referendum in Ireland This autumn, European Union enlargement will at last enter its endgame, when 10 countries are due to complete negotiations for membership. Last-minute cliff-hangers on the budget...
Enlargement 11-06-2001

The lessons from Ireland’s “NO” to the Nice Treaty

By a majority of a few thousand votes – in a referendum poll which attracted only a 32 per cent turnout – the Irish people have rejected the Treaty of Nice. The result is a major rebuff to the Irish...